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Assault, OWI charges after woman bit officer during arrest

A hit-and-run car wreck led Iowa police to arrest a woman for driving under the influence. In addition to OWI charges, she is also facing multiple other allegations, including charges of assault on a police officer and drug possession. Police claim that the woman bit an officer during her arrest, and is currently out of jail after posting bond.

Police were called to the scene of what they described as a hit-and-run accident, and found a 37-year-old woman behind the wheel of her vehicle. She was apparently the victim of an accident in which the other driver fled, but police noted that she smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing. When asked, she apparently admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the wreck.

The woman allegedly became combative during her arrest and fought back against attending police. One officer was bitten and suffered several other injuries, including bruises and abrasions. It took multiple officers to take her into custody, and was then transported to an area jail where she was booked. During that process, a jailer claims that she kicked him in the thigh.

Authorities claim that they found unlawful prescription medication and marijuana either on her person or in her vehicle, and filed related possession charges. In addition to her OWI charges and charges for assaulting a police officer, harassment and other charges, she is likely facing severe criminal consequences. In most instances, Iowa defendants can minimize these consequences and their impact by taking swift action with their criminal defense planning.

Source:, "Davenport officer bitten while trying to take woman into custody", Nov. 21, 2017

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